I’ve never considered myself a “futuristic” reader before and, in fact, have generally shied away from such type books. However, last month (for some reason unknown to me now) I bought Divergent (which will ultimately grow into a trilogy) by Veronica Roth, which is either out now (or will be within the next few days) in movie form. As noted, I have absolutely no idea why I bought the book but am glad I did because it is EXTRAORDINARILY EXCELLENT, which means I have expanded my horizons and reading pleasure into a different type venue, which pleases me greatly. (It also means that I will not see the movie when it’s released because I am “one of those” who must read the book first, before seeing the movie rendition.)
It’s interesting (one of my favorite words because it can be used/interpreted to mean any number of things, good or bad) to read Roth’s creative view of possible life in years to come: “In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.”
About halfway through the book now, I found a specific passage that I want to share with you: “I believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.” I’d love to explain the context/meaning of this sentence but suggest you do yourself a favor by either reading the book or seeing the movie (which I can only hope matches the contents of the book precisely), as you prefer.
I would not be too premature to say that even though I’m [only] halfway through Divergent, since the second in the trilogy is already out, I am going to order Insurgent through B&N later today. Hopefully, by the time I finish it, the third will have been published. I remain ever-optimistic!
(Side note: Delighted to say that this is the first of my next 500 posts to my blog…the first 500 were a blast, so the next 500 (well, now 499) promise to be even more fantastic for me. Thanks for being one of my “followers.”)